Report to UN Secretary General on Yemen


A report by the UN secretary general’s special envoy for Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, to the UN Security Council on the war in Yemen. Mr. President, Thank you very much for the opportunity to brief this Council on the latest… Continue Reading  

NGO Appeal to Trump: Don’t Go to War in Yemen


April 4, 2017 Dear President Trump, We, the undersigned non-governmental organizations, have learned that the White House is expected to sign off on the Pentagon’s request for the United States to support the Saudi- and Emirati-led offensive to take control… Continue Reading  

No Happy Ending For Devastated Yemen


by Thomas W. Lippman Somewhere there may be hopeful signs about the stalemated war in Yemen, some optimistic visions about the country’s future, but if so they were not discernible at a well-attended conference in Washington on March 31. Diplomats,… Continue Reading  

Negotiations Going Nowhere Fast in Yemen


by Adam Simpson After seven months of an intense civil war, resulting in a rapid deterioration of the already fragile humanitarian crisis and over 5,400 casualties, the Yemeni government should be eager to pursue a negotiated settlement. Both Houthi rebels… Continue Reading  

Saudi Arabia’s Quagmire

On his second day of taken on the office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER), Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed visits Liberia.

Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed (SRSG and Head of UNMEER) in a meeting at the Ebola Operation Center (EOC) in Liberia.
Monrovia, Liberia, on 6 January 2015
Photo: UNMEER/Simon Ruf

by Thomas W. Lippman Three months after Saudi Arabia rounded up a few allies and began an intensive bombing campaign against the rebels known as Houthis across the border in Yemen, a conventional wisdom has developed. “It has not worked,”… Continue Reading